Is anyone else bummed that Suicide Squad didn’t do that well?

I know I am. Matter of fact, I was looking forward to this movie more that BVS. It had a pretty unique concept and the cast all seemed to like each other. Unfortunately, the final result of the movie left me wanting a better product. I actually dug the hell out of Will Smith’s portrayal of Deadshot. Yes I know he basically played himself but with a slight edge but I was feeling it. I have made a post last year elaborating on my opinions of the movie but I made this post to see who else share in my disappointment. This is not a DC bashing post but I want to see how others would have improved on what we saw.

So…… discuss.

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OITNB is getting on my bad side

OITNB is getting on my bad side

Like most people, I am a fan of the Netflix show “Orange Is The New Black”. I started watching OITNB when it started its second season and I had to play catch up with the first. There was quite a bit of hype behind this show and I was feeling it. Plus, any show that has Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is worth considering a look at. Piper was a good starting point to introduce the audience to the prison system and the not-so-known problems that plague the for-profit prison system.  The cast was a wonderful blend of characters from different cultures, sexualities, and financial background; each showing how sometimes bad choices or even simple mistakes can change your life. You don’t have to be a bad person to go to jail\prison, just unfortunate. 

With all of that said, there are a few moments in later seasons that have rubbed me the wrong way. Matter of fact, I can tell you which characters cause me to re-evaluate this whole series. The characters: Joe Caputo, Lorna Morello, and Piper Chapman. I’m going to explain why each of these character’s storylines irks me.

Joe Caputo: As a character, Mr. Caputo always seemed like someone trying to make the best of his situation. In the first 2 seasons; he had to deal with working up under a shady boss while being stonewalled everytime he tries to make an improvement for the inmates. Then when he actually becomes the warden at the start of season 3, he realizes that he would not have the power for good that he wished for. Every character in this show is humanized, but I personally felt like he was probably the most relatable. In his backstory, he always wanted to be the “Good Guy”. Injuring himself just to put over a special needs kid, taking care of a woman and her kid only to be told that he wasn’t needed. I know I might be upsetting some feminist readers with this but it ducking sucks to dedicate your life to someone and their kid only to be told that you should “stop waiting for people to say thank you, and no one asked you for help”. I know this comes at a time in our society when women’s rights and the whole entitlement conversations are happening, but you can’t say that that event wasn’t fucked up. This is more of a personal rant in this case because I don’t want him to be deserving of all the bad treatment, guess I’ll have to wait till next season to see. Now I know he has an entitlement complex but I can’t help but comment on his potential.

Now time for my second most hated character: Lorna Morello. She was a mysterious character for the first season but you could tell that she was a little “off”. It wasn’t until they delved into her backstory that it was revealed that she was\is a stalker, and what’s worse if that she is a violent stalker who uses manipulation to get what she wants. I know she is portrayed in a way that makes it easier for people to feel sympathy for her but I cannot.

Here’s a setup: A man has an unrelenting crush on a woman, he gets rejected by her, he starts stalking her, he finds out that she is moving on so he plants a bomb trying to kill her new flame and potentially her, he briefly escapes prison to break into her home and rummages through her things, when confronted he ends up gaining the sympathy of a lonely loser of a woman who then assaults the original victim as “payback” for breaking the man’s heart, the man gets rewarded with a wife and has no consequences befall him for terrorizing the victim. 

Did reading that upset you? Well, this is everything that the character Morello has done but because she is a woman, she is looked upon as a damaged soul\a victim. I would not even be upset if they fixed that in the next season but they just went ahead and kept making her out to be a sympathetic character. And TO BE FAIR, I know that technically she is mentally ill, but that does not make her exempt from her actions. If she knows how to manipulate people, she can be help accountable. I might not be reading the right blogs but I rarely see people criticize her. Quite the opposite, I see people gravitating towards her and identifying with her. I can’t excuse the way sexism allowed men to do this in the past and I will call that out if a popular show did that (but that won’t be necessary with all the Tumblr blogs looking for that kind of shit), but it’s crazy how no one likes to point out that abusive behavior. I sincerely hope they change that in the upcoming season because right now I hate her character….. almost as much as my next one.

The series “protagonist”, Miss Piper Chapman. As a starting point, Piper was a great way to introduce viewers to Litchfield prison. She offered a fresh set of eyes from the perspective an “everyman”, at least till the third season. At the current pace of the story, Piper is quickly becoming spoiled, entitled, privileged asshat who whines, cries, and acts surprised when she faces the consequences of her actions. The biggest and most recent example that comes to mind is when Piper snitched on Maria Ruiz because the latter opened up a rival contraband business. This causes Ruiz to have her sentence extended meaning that it would be a long time before she saw her daughter again. As retaliation, Ruiz and her gang abducted Piper and branded her with a swastika (I totally forgot to mention that Piper also started a White-Power gang in the prison). There are other examples in the recent seasons but that one really stood out to highlight Piper’s victim complex. Simply put, they need a new main character. Someone who is likable but knows how to handle themselves. I would have suggested Poussey but……… ya know.

I hope I adequately explained myself about why I feel the way I do about these characters. I do like the show and most of the cast and I am interested in seeing where this all goes. Wouldn’t it be a little messed up if the upcoming season feces all my criticisms and makes this whole post null and void. Hell, is that happens, I will happily go back and Broken Matt Hardy this thing. Guess we shall see….

The Force Awakens is our fault…

Much like a good number of people I watched the latest episode of South Park (Douche and a Danish) and in comes a part that relates to a certain winter time blockbuster. The character Randy sits down Mr. Garrison and tells him the origin of “memberberries”. This was obviously used as a vehicle to make commentary on how society want things that are nostalgic but in doing so stunts growth and creativity. Randy says that even though Star Wars: The Force Awakens went through the motions of the old Star Wars movies, it did not do anything new or different.  A lot of different sci-fi and comic book nerd sites and forums have talked about this since The Force Awakens came out but I think it’s worth talking about now that South Park mentioned it. And I will explain why TFA was kind of our faults.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Red Letter Media’s “Plinkett Reviews” but if you are not then look them up on YouTube, they’re legitimately entertaining. If you would to look up their most popular videos, you would find that their Star Wars Prequel reviews to be at the very top. RLM kind of gotten famous for their lengthy and in-dept Star Wars and Star Trek reviews. Most famously their Star Wars Episode 1 review is around 90 minutes long. And I kid you not, these guys go into serious detail about everything that’s wrong with these movies. Most people would probably not make it past the 8 minute mark of some guy complaining about minute details on a science-fiction movie that’s over 10 years old but that keeps you there are the dark humor spread throughout the review. This is what makes you want to keep viewing the videos. I enjoy watching him tear these films apart ,although I admit that I still like Episode 3 even with all it’s flaws. I must confess, like all of the other nerds on the internet I was dog piling on the Star Wars Prequels too. It was “cool” to talk shit about the prequels while unabashedly defending the Original Trilogy like they the gospel. Now with me saying all of that I am NOT blaming Red Letter Media for The Force Awakens, but I think that they channeled a voice for the frustrated fans of those who grew up with the classic Star Wars. We didn’t think nothing of it, we just wanted the old Star Wars back. Sadly though, someone out there listened to us.

When I first saw The Force Awakens, I was a little surprised by how much it borrowed from A New Hope. This is nothing new, there are plenty of people who hopped on the internet to cry about how similar it was but not too many people looked into “Why” is resembled it so much. Unfortunately, it came down to the fans. The legions of nerds who took to the internet to curse the prequels fro not being what we wanted. Please notice I am not using the accusatory “you” and “they” because I must admit I have a hand in this too. It wouldn’t be right to pass the buck but I guess that’s why I wanted to talk about the cause of it. Actually I cannot blame the studios for going that route, they were put in a no-win situation. Trying something new and unique is risky and Disney spent $4,000,000,000 to obtain the Star Wars license so they needed something sure to hit. Now say what you want about the prequels (most of the internet did), but you have to admit that they are different from the original trilogy. Matter of fact, Episode 3 was at the time the only Star Wars movie to be rated Pg-13 and dealt with some pretty dark material such as genocide. I’m not saying that these were the right choices but that definitely set them apart from the originals. Even though TFA made a shitton of money, a lot of people are now asking for something more original. Hopefully people no see that retreading the same grounds doesn’t do anything for us because we’ve already seen it. Think about that unnecessary Psycho remake with Vince Vaughn. They did an almost shot for shot remake of the classic Hitchcock movie. The remake was so similar that it almost seemed redundant, like why do it if you’re just gonna do the same thing over again. Now I know that that was just one example but the fact that Star Wars is such a beloved franchise that has decades of extended lore and original stories that just makes The Force Awakens seem like a disappointment.

With me saying all that let me say this too, I enjoyed the force awakens for what it was. I guess my only hope in writing this is that by some form of chance someone with influence reads this and decides to take a chance on doing something new with the future Star Wars movies. Origin stories are cool but people love star wars because of the possibilities that come with the universe. If you guys want, I will come up with some unique concept and stories that can be considered. I am a fan, always has been and will probably be one till I expire. I just want good stories so my family and I can enjoy them.

So….. let’s see how Rogue One will do.

If Suicide Squad fails…….

It’s no secret that Warner Bros\DC is trying to catch up to Marvel in the live action cinematic movies department. The last few movies that were to suppose to set up the DCCU(DC Cinematic Universe) were not overtly well-received. Man Of Steel was criticized for being too dark and having wanton destruction. Batman V. Superman has received TWICE the criticism and has caused people to be hesitant for the future of DC comic movies.

This got me thinking…. what if Suicide Squad fails?

Well….. that will shake my faith in the DCCU.

I know we have Wonder Woman coming out next year so I guess we could look forward to that. Ihave concerns with her origin story but it looks like they will draw inspiration from Darwyn Cook’s New Frontier.

Back to Suicide Squad, I’m actually looking forward to this movie. I was looking forward to it more than BVS.

It looks FUN!

Fun is what’s lacking in there movies.

Side note: Technically Green Lantern was the first movie in this “Cinematic Universe” but if Warner Bros. has forgotten about that movie, then so should the rest of us.

 

Star Wars movies according to the Hardcore fans:

The Star Wars movies have seen both critical (almost cult-like) success and harsh (rage-filled) criticism. Movies this beloved have to be put under a microscope, if only to see what all the hype is about.

But like anything that’s nerdy and popular, you have a subsection of fans who get very passionate about their fictional escape. They will call themselves “True” fans (Which is snobbish and pretentious), but I will call them…. Hardcore.

From all of my nerdy conversation with other fans of star wars, as well as nerd-raged bitching I have come across on the internet; this is how most of the Hardcore Star Wars fans think of the movies overall.

Episode 1: It doesn’t exist!!!!!!!

Episode 2: The worst one of the group.

Episode 3: Ehhhhhhhhh…… it was a’ight!

Episode 4: Nostalgic Feels!

Episode 5: I WILL MURDER ANYONE WHO SAYS ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THIS MOVIE!

Episode 6: Great film…….minus the Ewoks and that stupid-ass Tarzan tell.

Bonus (The Holiday Special): See episode 1.

Welp, now you know how the nerds feel about this. I’m sleepy and tired from work, PEACE!

All this fuss over BvS!

Time to get into some nerdy shit!

I don’t know about y’all (I’m from the south, get use to this), but I’m a little tired of hearing about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of the Justice Leagues or whatever. To be more specific, I’m tired of everyone complaining about it.

Now I’m not new to the interwebs, nerds complaining about meaningless miscellaneous shit fills most of the void that is the internet. But I have not seen so much hate for a film like this since the Star Wars prequels. I had to sit back and think about why…..why do thy hate this so much?

To be fair, I HAVE seen the movie and I think that it’s………meh. I mean I love all of the Batman stuff and it was a nerdtastic pleasure to see both BATMAN & SUPERMAN on the same movie screen (Now I’m waiting for that Green Lantern John Stewart movie for my dreams to be complete). But as a whole I felt like the movie was rushed, especially towards the end. I didn’t hate it, I just saw wasted potential that was hyped up for 3 years.

…….. My God! That’s it isn’t it?!?

They made us wait so long for a supposed “Marvel Killer” that it couldn’t live up to the hype. Plus it didn’t help that the second trailer basically gave away the movie but, I digress. It is clear that they are trying to catch up to Marvel studios but nothing seems to be clicking.

When Marvel puts out 1-2 movies every year and DC waited 3 years just to put out 1 (2 if you count Suicide Squad but we’ll see), it’s disappointing when said movie doesn’t blow your socks off!

I’m not saying I agree with all of the childish nerdrage that filling every social media, comics, and movie site; I’m just saying that I understand it.